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If we truly forgive there should be no pain and little to forget. Forgiveness allows you to remember without pain. Forgiveness is the end of conflict.

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Forgiveness works

Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

According to this direct statement from Jesus, if you do not forgive, neither will you be forgiven. That means if you are having trouble with forgiving others, then you probably do not really believe in Jesus and any secured salvation you believe you have is probably a strong delusion.

Forgiving is not just an idea or a thought. It is a state of mind so fundamental it alters the mind and the body.

The word forgive is defined: to "stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake."

You may think you forgive if you think forgiving is easy, but if you are still remembering the lies and deception with pain and anguish, then your forgiveness itself is a deception. Unforgiveness includes personal judgement.

We are told not to judge less we be judged. The hooks of judgement remain in your heart and you are not yet free.


Dr. Stephen Marmer, UCLA psychiatrist, shares the three types of forgiveness--exoneration, forbearance, and release for Prager U. This description talks about forgiveness in relationships. Release allows you to let go of the burden or unforgiveness and evict unwanted relationship of judgment and hate. Time 5:40

The video to the right divides forgiveness into exoneration, forbearance, and release. Exoneration [1] can include when we have judged someone who was truly sorry for their actions and they hold no evil intent; they humbly take full responsibility for their error. Their response may include complete restitution, and they willingly assent to follow better ways that are less prone to error. We wipe the slate clean (forgiving them), because their diligence to fully resolve the issue demonstrated their honorable response.

The idea of forbearance is when the individual may not be entirely sorry, but you choose not to seek revenge or hold a grudge against them. You are leaving judgement to God, while knowing that the individual still may not be worthy of your trust. [2]

The third is release which may have nothing to do with the offender and everything to do with you. Release should accompany every form of true forgiveness. To entertain a condemning judgment and anger, desiring revenge or punishment for the offender is an usurpation of God and His law. True forgiveness is a matter of faith. It is faith in the existence of God and His law, and it extends to a belief that God is truly in charge of judgement.

Most times, an act of forgiveness is a return to a faith in God. It is a letting go of the judgement of others. Walking in forgiveness is walking in the grace of God so that you do not have to return to forgiveness but are already there and have not usurped God's right to judge nor taken personal offense.

Every opportunity to forgive is a possibility of receiving a blessing and gift from God to be cherished with joy. The mechanics of releasing the bonds that bind us in pain is to desire release for others as much as we desire to be free ourselves.

We are saved by grace.[3] But we do not receive grace if we only love those who love us. We receive grace when we love those who do not love us, including those who may spitefully use us, those who are even our enemy.[4]

What is unforgiveness?

Unforgiveness is the result of a lack of faith in a God of creation.

They imagine that someone got away with something. Forgiveness comes from trusting in God.

Miracles of Grace

Luke 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

Why can't we say arise and walk?

Why are our hands not full of the virtue of Christ that heals body and soul?

Is it because we do not really forgive with - or out of - the forgiveness that is of Christ?

We may all have different gifts, but they come in proportion to the grace of God and the grace of God comes with the grace we extend to others.[5] If you do not give grace, do not expect to receive grace.

If we bless those who by grace are servants of God ministering to the people in faith, then we may be blessed -- not in accordance with what we pray for for ourselves but what we pray for for others.[6] If we wish ill will for others or desire to use others or seek to burden others, we ourselves will be oppressed. If we are Biting one another, we too may be devoured. As we judge, so shall we be judged.[7]

If we come in the Name of Christ, which is to say in character of Christ, then the power of Christ will be measured to us by grace. [8]

The purpose of a Network of congregations and ministers serving one another is to produce a flow of grace from one to another in service, so that grace abounds in spirit and in truth.[9]

Can we be forgiven if we forgive not those who use us, abuse us, betray us, spit on us or nail us to a cross?

In recent broadcasts, I talked about forgiveness... Not only of those who love us but of those who use us and even abuse us.

forgiveness is releasing the chains that bind us.

We are to love our enemies, whether real or imagined.

If they are really our enemy and do not understand real forgiveness, they will flee us, not we them.

Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

This verse begins with therefore because we are told in Romans 12:18 "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."

Because the master said:

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Emperor Marcus Aurelius shows clemency to the vanquished after his success against tribes. (Capitoline Museum in Rome)

Wikipedia says "Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well."

It included a picture of Marcus Aurelius who showed clemency for those he vanquished but feared and persecuted Christians because they did not depend for their Welfare on the Imperial Cult of Rome and its Temples. The “the union and discipline of the Christian republic... gradually formed an independent and increasing state in the heart of the Roman Empire.”[10]

Christians depended upon the Pure Religion and Corban of Christ through His Church. Celsus, a Platonist, writing during the term of Marcus Aurelius, “opposed the ‘sectarian’ tendencies at work in the Christian movement because he saw in Christianity a ‘privatizing’ of religion, the transferal of religious values from the public sphere to a private association.”[11]

The difference between public and private welfare is the difference between Public religion and Private Religion, or socialism and charity. The nations of the Pax Romana had made the power of the state their benefactors while Christians were living by love for one another according to the commandments of Christ. This was the Christian conflict.

If you do not forgive, neither will you be forgiven, no matter how much you say or imagine that you believe. Keeping the Commandment to forgive is not hard if you really love the real Jesus. It is not about works, but forgiveness is the evidence of your true heart of Faith and the kingdom within. If you are not finding forgiveness in your heart, then you still have need of repentance.

Matthew 6:14 15 "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses"
Matthew 18:34-35 "And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."
Mark 11:25-26 "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."

Real forgiveness works

Forgiveness is the end of conflict because it sets us free. There should be no residue or pain nor fear of enemy nor discomfort if we reach a point of true forgiveness.

If we have not, then we need to face those we have not truly forgiven so that we may be free....

Forgiveness will open the door to healing, first in ourselves and then in others.

Do not be angry at the world or at the governments of the world. Your true enemy is your own un-forgiveness. One of the purposes of the Church established by Jesus and the ministers whom He appointed was and is to feed the flock as Benefactors who do not exercise authority and to attend to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors, the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.

The Way of Christ was not like the way of the world, nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.

The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.


"Follow me!" —Jesus the Christ.


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We cannot fulfill the mission of Christ unless we forgive, and that forgiveness empowers us with a secret weapon of God ... it is His Love.

Ancient forgiveness

The term nasa’ ^אשׂנ^[13] is translated forgive only 16 times, but to bear up or lift over three hundred times. Forgiving may not be forgetting what someone has done to you, but it leads you to actually bear up the pain in them that caused them to injure you.

Another word we see translated forgive is calach ^חלס^.[14] As an adjective it means ready to forgive.[15]

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Footnotes

  1. Exonerate: late Middle English < Latin exonerātus >; to unburden; ex = out of or without; oner (stem of onus) = burden.
  2. Forbearance is suffering. You suffer in the environment where the offender who is not entirely sorry is continuing other offenses (or repeating former offenses). Although you desire their actions of diligence, to fully resolve the issue(s), they do not understand how to do what diligence requires, or they refuse to do what they know they ought to do, and so you patiently wait, as they neglect something you hope they will gladly do as a loving act toward you. You grant them more time to grow and see what is their responsibility.
  3. Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
  4. Luke 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank <5485> have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank <5485> have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank <5485> have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
  5. Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
  6. 2 Corinthians 8:4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift <5485>, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
  7. Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
  8. Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
  9. 1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
  10. Comment on Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Rousseau and Revolution, Will et Ariel Durant p.801. fn 83 Heiseler, 85.
  11. Christians as the Romans Saw Them, by Robert Wilken page 125.
  12. Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
  13. 05375 ^אשׂנ^ nasa’ \@naw-saw’\@ or ^הסנ^ nacah (#Ps 4:6) \@naw-saw’\@ a primitive root; v; AV-(bare, lift, etc … ) up 219, bear 115, take 58, bare 34, carry 30, (take, carry)  … away 22, borne 22, armourbearer 18, forgive 16, accept 12, exalt 8, regard 5, obtained 4, respect 3, misc 74; 654
    1) to lift, bear up, carry, take
    1a) (Qal)
    1a1) to lift, lift up
    1a2) to bear, carry, support, sustain, endure
    1a3) to take, take away, carry off, forgive
    1b) (Niphal)
    1b1) to be lifted up, be exalted
    1b2) to lift oneself up, rise up
    1b3) to be borne, be carried
    1b4) to be taken away, be carried off, be swept away
    1c) (Piel)
    1c1) to lift up, exalt, support, aid, assist
    1c2) to desire, long (fig.)
    1c3) to carry, bear continuously
    1c4) to take, take away
    1d) (Hithpael) to lift oneself up, exalt oneself
    1e) (Hiphil)
    1e1) to cause one to bear (iniquity)
    1e2) to cause to bring, have brought
  14. 05545 ^חלס^ calach \@saw-lakh’\@ a primitive root; v; AV-forgive 19, forgiven 13, pardon 13, spare 1; 46
    1) to forgive, pardon
    1a) (Qal) to forgive, pardon
    1b) (Niphal) to be forgiven
  15. 05546 ^חלס^ callach \@saw-lawkh’\@ from 05545; adj; AV-ready to forgive 1; 1 1) ready to forgive, forgiving

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